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The Pirates tie the club record by pounding seven missiles in a 14-2 demolition of the Mets, as Paul Skenes dazzles.

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Donna Mack

Paul David Skenes is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball for the Air Force Falcons and LSU Tigers. Paul Skenes dating Olivia Dunne.

Pittsburgh — It has been almost 67 years since the last time the Pirates hit as many home runs at their own stadium as they did on Friday against the Mets. To such an extent that the quantity of celebratory fireworks that the squad had been allotted for the day was depleted.

In the fourth inning, Rowdy Tellez made a deep liner to right, which was the moment when things began to get rowdy. They reached the height of Rowdiest when Tellez hit a grand slam in the eighth inning from the bullpen. This was the closing salvo of a seven-homer effort for the home team, which led to a 14-2 victory over the Mets at PNC Park. They got Rowdier by hitting five more home runs that went unanswered by the Pirates.

“It’s a great offensive game for us,” said Bryan Reynolds, who homered twice, including a grand slam. “I think we can build off it and keep it rolling, just keep going strong for the rest of the year.”

The seven home runs tied a franchise record that had been accomplished four times before: on May 25, 2023 at Seattle; on August 20, 2003 at St. Louis; on August 16, 1947 against the Cardinals; and on June 6, 1894 at Boston. This was the first time since April 16, 1996 that the team had hit two grand slams in a single game, and it was also the first time that they had hit multiple grand slams in a seven-homer effort.

It was Reynolds’ home run in the fifth inning that proved to be the most significant of those home runs. Reynolds had a chance to break the tie with two runners in scoring position and nobody out after Tellez and Jack Suwinski overturned an early 2-0 deficit in the fourth inning with single blasts. Reynolds’s opportunity came with two runners in scoring position.

Nevertheless, Michael A. Taylor moved a little too far away from third base, which resulted in him being picked off. The Mets had a chance to regain their momentum, but Reynolds was able to catch a fastball thrown by Luis Severino and send it out to right center field. This prevented the Mets from taking advantage of the situation.

After Severino had loaded the bases two innings later, he turned the ball over to Jake Diekman, who was a left-handed pitcher. After moving to the opposite batter’s box, Reynolds hit another home ball to right center, this time a grand slam. He then went on to score another run.

Reynolds continued his pattern of destroying the baseball during the third month of the season by becoming the Pirates’ strongest hitter in June. This was in keeping with his tradition of doing so. When Reynolds says that June is over, not when the calendar says it is, June is over.

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During a night in which he hit four hits, which brought his batting average up to.28Set featured image0, Reynolds made a joke.

As a rookie, Skenes, who is 22 years old and has a record of 5-0, allowed two runs on four hits, walked one batter, and struck out eight batters. His earned run average (ERA) increased slightly to 2.12.

During his first ten starts, the right-handed pitcher with the mustache has struck out seven or more hitters in nine of those starts. This is the most strikeouts ever recorded by a pitcher in the first ten games of his career. This season, Skenes has thrown 74 pitches that have reached a speed of at least 100 miles per hour, which is more than twice as much as anyone else in the major leagues.

The Pirates tie the club record by pounding seven missiles in a 14-2 demolition of the Mets, as Paul Skenes dazzles.

Skenes, however, did not simply triumph over the Mets with his heat. Only the second sellout crowd of the season at PNC Park was brought to its feet as the 6-foot-6 top overall pick in the 2023 draft made his way to the dugout. The final pitch of his 107 was a slider that he threw at 87 miles per hour, and Harrison Bader failed to hit it.

“That’s why it’s nice to have five pitches,” Skenes said. “Because if one’s not there, then we can pitch with the rest of them. The fastball was absolutely not there early in the game. So made do with the other stuff.”

Tellez was the second-hottest hitter for the team during that month, and he was comfortable with the fact that Reynolds had four hits and an additional RBI than Tellez did. Reynolds was the one who admitted that it was definitely Reynolds’ night. Both of them hit multiple home runs and a grand slam in the same game, making them the only pair of teammates in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat simultaneously.

“That’s a good thing,” Reynolds said about sharing the spotlight with Tellez. “That gets overshadowed a little bit. That was a great offensive game for us.”

It was more than two. Suwinski, who struggled in the first part of the season, is homering and tagging another ball 106.8 mph. Yasmani Grandal, who Derek Shelton said was swinging better, hit a double and home run. Even Taylor, who had five hits in June, homered in a four-hit night.

“Michael, I mean, outstanding,” Shelton lauded. “Four hits, one of them was to center, the other three were to right, the homer to right — that’s good to see him staying on the ball. Really impressive.”

Making that trio go offensively would stretch the lineup and make offensive production more consistent, and a strong game from each doesn’t hurt. Tellez says that doesn’t imply they didn’t contribute.

“Michael A.’s been a great defender, Yaz has been calling great games back there,” Tellez said. “I think they’ve been impacting the game.”

However, if they hit on top to back the team’s starting pitching, like Paul Skenes, who threw seven innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts, the second half would improve.

It would likely draw more loud sellout crowds like Friday’s 37,037.

“You could feel the energy in the ballpark tonight,” Shelton remarked. “They were interested. They stood up at 14-2 late in the game. Sometimes crowds leave and cheer, which I thought was cool.”

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